The Fatal Fortress by Bill Clements
The Fatal Fortress by Bill Clements
The Fatal Fortress by Bill Clements
The Fatal Fortress by Bill Clements

The Fatal Fortress

The Guns and Fortifications of Singapore 1819-1953
by Bill Clements
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The Fall of Singapore in February 1942 was arguably the greatest disaster suffered by the British Empire. Between 1923 and 1938, the Singapore naval base had been upgraded with some of the largest coast guns ever installed. The guns’ design and incorrect siting have since been blamed for the humiliating debacle.

The Fatal Fortress traces the history of Singapore’s fortifications and guns from the city’s foundation in 1819 to the demise of coast artillery in the British Army in 1953. It also follows the development of artillery through the Victorian era of muzzleloading guns to the introduction of the large breech-loading guns of the twentieth century. The author argues that it was not the siting of the guns that brought about the fall of Singapore, but an overall failure in command and control and a lack of suitable ammunition.

The book is illustrated with a large number of photographs, drawings and plans, and contains a gazetteer describing all the batteries and forts, both existing and demolished. There is also an annex giving the details of the guns that were installed in Singapore.
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Language

English

Publication Date

11/2016

Format

Hardcover

Number of Pages

199

ISBN

1473829569

ISBN-13

9781473829565